Why is Chrome automatically filling in forms?


Is there any way we can stop Google doing this (anti-privacy) stuff?

I have a PC which I normally use with Firefox, but sometimes Chrome (usually when page translation is needed). My son occasionally uses the PC but always with Chrome.

Today I went to fill out a form for entry to a competition: as soon as I entered the first ‘S’ of the name, Google filled out the WHOLE of the rest of the form with HIS mobile number, HIS email, in fact all his personal details. He assures me he has not activated any autofill or checked any ‘remember me’ boxes and (since he’s well over 30yo and totally honest) I believe him. The entry form came from a local newspaper and is nothing directly to do with Google or their services.
SO the question is – how to prevent this happening by default – after all, this means that ANYONE who uses this PC has access to all my son’s personal info.
Surely Google can’t be allowed to get away with this, and anyway, either way, the rest of your readers need to know of this gaping hole in security created by Google?

*Note to self – uninstall Google Chrome.*

Comments please Leo?

Sure. I think you’re blaming the wrong entity.

There’s a lot of confusion when a browser (yes, any browser) automatically fills in something on web page when we start typing.

There’s nothing deep, dark or nefarious going on here. No one’s trying to violate your privacy. It’s simply your browser doing its best to be helpful.

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Why are there websites in my browser history that I’ve never been to?

I periodically clean my browser history, but after a while website entries begin to appear in it that I’ve never actually been to. Some of these sites look quite disturbing, and are not sites that I would ever go to. Why would these entries appear? Do I have spyware or a virus?

This is a question I get relatively often, and it’s usually nothing to worry about.

Certainly viruses or spyware are a possibility. Of late I’d also call out “Foistware” – the software that often appears on your system unexpectedly after installing something else.

However there are also¬†more benign scenarios. It’s possible your browser¬†may simply be doing a good job protecting you.

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